42 Must-Read Books in Every Genre

From riveting thrillers to inspiring true-to-life experiences, these best books of all time won the hearts of millions of avid readers and literary critics. So much so that some have never been out of print since its first publication.

What Are the Best Fiction Books of All Time?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book chronicles a group of “haves” and “have nots” as they grapple with the American Dream. Fitzgerald portrays Jay’s struggles of chasing the past and changing the future within the landscape of America’s post-war economic boom.

1984 by George Orwell

1984 takes place in the future time of 1984 when the totalitarian government watches over everyone and directs all activities. Winston, the main protagonist, works for the government, rewriting history to match the superstate’s wishes.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer-prize winner, takes a closer look at racism, inequality, and segregation. The story revolves around Atticus Finch, a sympathetic and just lawyer, and his two daughters (Scout and Jem) and their journey of understanding the world’s injustices.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

After reading many chivalric romances, the book’s protagonist Alonso Quijano embarks on a quest to revive chivalry. Longing to be like his literary heroes, Quijano eventually loses touch with reality — mistaking windmills as giants and prostitutes as princesses.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

True crime at its finest. Truman Capote draws you into Holcomb, Kansas, and the brutal slaying of an entire family. When Capote hears about the quadruple murder, he heads out to Kansas to investigate. Capote documents his discoveries, interviews, and the psyches of killers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock as if it was a novel.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science continually makes headlines, but sometimes those topics are challenging to understand. Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s top astrophysicist, penned the Astrophysics for People in a Hurry to fill the information gap.

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